oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - Does self-evaluation assist the university in improving the quality of academic programmes?
Higher education institutions (HEIs) in many countries have taken up the challenges of assuring accountability and improving performance. The quality of higher education (HE) is of increasing importance to nations across the world, seeing that these institutions represent valuable resources for their countries. An internal self-evaluation is the starting point in any quality assurance process. An effective system of internal self-evaluation will brand the institution internationally and improve academic mobility. As such, HEIs, individually strive to meet, if not exceed, the international standard. On the strength of the scenario set out above, the problem statement can be formulated as follows: Universities have incorporated and applied in their evaluation practices the notion of internal self-evaluation. Since the inception of this approach at universities there has not been any in-depth analysis of this notion, therefore its validity, effectiveness, and efficiency may not be asssured with a great degree of certainty. The intention of this paper is to ascertain whether the application of self-evaluation mechanisms achieves its objective.
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